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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2012 service opportunities and events in Oakland

on January 15, 2012

Each year, Oakland residents celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with community clean-ups, performances, services and other special events. Know of an event we didn’t list? Please add it in the comments!

Sunday January 15

10th Annual Martin Luther King Tribute: In the Name of Love
7 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

A tribute to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Featuring Mavis Staples and Pop Lyfe. Tickets $18 for adults, $8 for kids ages 12 and under. More info here.

Monday January 16

MLK Film Festival
11 am – 7 pm
African American Museum and Library, 659 14th Street, Oakland

A screening of seven films about the civil rights movement and the life of Dr. King. More information including film titles and RSVP number here.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2012
8:30 am to 12 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland

The East Bay Regional Park District asks volunteers to help with shoreline restoration work and invasive plant species removal. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle. Advance registration encouraged. More info here.

A Day of Service in our 100 Blocks
Times and locations vary

A series of community service and gardening projects organized by the mayor’s office to improve the city’s most violent 100 blocks. More information, including a listing of projects, here.

MLK Day of Service 2012 Shepherd Canyon Park
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Shepherd Canyon Park, 5881 Escher Drive, Oakland

Volunteers can help with planting, path maintenance, mulching and weeding. Bring gloves, gardening tools and drinking water. More info here.

MLK Day of Service in Sobrante Park
8:30 am – 1:30 pm
470 El Paseo Drive, Oakland

The Sobrante Park community and the neighboring elementary and middle schools will celebrate local heroes and volunteer in a day of service that includes mural painting, community clean up and gardening. More info here.

31st Street Tree Planting
10 am – 1 pm
31st Street and Market, Oakland

A tree planting, plus entertainment by Ayodele Nzinga-Wordslanger, Paradiso Free Jahlove and more. Proceeds benefit Urban Releaf. More info here.

Martin Luther King Day of Service in Lakeside Park and The Gardens at Lake Merritt
8:30 am – 1 pm
Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Volunteers can help with gardening projects including mulching, tree planting and weeding. More info here.

International Boulevard Community Clean Up
8:30 am – noon
Registration at Allen Temple Baptist Church parking lot, 8501 International Boulevard, Oakland

Several local churches and community organizations are working together for a community clean up along International Boulvard from 81st Avenue to 98th Avenue.  More info in PDF form here.

DREAM “Let’s Make It Real” annual Martin Luther King National Holiday
10 am – 2 pm
McClymonds High School, 2607 Myrtle Street, Oakland

A luncheon and performances by China’s Spirit Music Ensemble, Destiny Knuckles, Dezorah Smith, Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Chorus, Oakland School of the Arts Chorus and more. Keynote speaker: Dr. Elnora Webb of Laney College. More info here.

20th Annual Multicultural Rally and Celebration in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
10 am
ILWU Union Hall, 99 Hegenberger Road, Oakland

Rally, with Oakland Congressional Rep. Barbara Lee scheduled to attend.

King’s Legacy: Past, Present and Future
1 – 3 pm
Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, 1188 12th Street, Oakland

Featuring Linda Tillery and the Cultural Choir. More info here.

MLK Day – Stop The Gunfire Gathering
10 am
Regeneration Church, 238 E. 15th Street, Oakland

A service and citywide summit devoted to reducing gun violence in Oakland, featuring gospel music, poetry and hip-hop. Keynote speaker Rev. Harry Williams. More info here.

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